General (scope, grounds for accelerated procedures, time limits)
The IPA provides in Article 49(1) that the application for international protection can be rejected as manifestly unfounded in an accelerated procedure if the applicant clearly does not qualify for international protection and the legally defined reasons for such a decision exist.
In line with Article 52 IPA, such reasons exist where:
- During the procedure the applicant only stated facts that are irrelevant for the examination of the claim;
- The applicant comes from a Safe Country of Origin;
- The applicant misled the authorities by presenting false information or documents or by withholding important information or documents about his identity or nationality, which could influence the decision;
- It is likely that the applicant purposely destroyed or disposed of an identity or travel document which could help establish his or her identity or nationality, especially if the circumstances of the particular case indicate that the applicant could obtain identification documents in their country of origin.
- The applicant’s claims are clearly inconsistent, contradictory, false, implausible and contradict the sufficiently verified country of origin information making his or her claim that he or she qualifies for international protection clearly unconvincing;
- The applicant applied for international protection only in order to delay or prevent the enforcement of a removal decision;
- The applicant entered the territory of the Republic of Slovenia illegally or unlawfully extended his or her stay and without good reason failed to come forward to the authorities, or did not apply for international protection as soon as possible given the circumstances of their entry;
- The applicant refuses to comply with the obligation to submit their fingerprints in accordance with the Eurodac Regulation;
- There are reasonable grounds to suspect that the applicant presents a danger to public order, public or national safety, or if he or she is removed in accordance with national law for valid reasons of public safety or public order.
A provision that stating that it is likely the applicant purposely destroyed or disposed his or her identity documents (especially if the circumstances indicate that he/she could obtain identification documents in the country of origin) was added to the IPA with the amendments. The provision extends beyond the scope of the Asylum Procedures Directive and it is not clear how the assessment of this ground will be conducted in practice.
Pursuant to a recent ruling of the Administrative Court, in order to reject an application as manifestly unfounded, it is not sufficient to establish the applicability of one of these grounds. The authorities must also cumulatively conclude that the applicant clearly does not fulfil the requirements for international protection.
As in the regular procedure, the competent authority in the accelerated procedure is the Migration Directorate of the Ministry of Interior. Under Article 47(1) IPA the decision in the accelerated procedure has to be taken within two months since the applicant lodged the application. There are no explicit consequences listed in the law if the time limit is not respected in practice.
The accelerated procedure can also be applied at the border, airport or port. In this case the decision has to be taken as soon as possible, but no later than within 3 weeks. If the decision is not taken in this time limit the applicant is allowed entry in Slovenia.
In 2021, 92 applications were processed in the accelerated procedure and rejected as manifestly unfounded. The majority of asylum seekers whose applications were rejected as manifestly unfounded in the accelerated procedure were from Morocco (23), Algeria (16) and Pakistan (28). 12 applications were lodged by unaccompanied minors.
According to the IPA, the Migration Directorate conducts a personal interview before making the decision in the accelerated procedure. The law does not stipulate any circumstances in which the personal interview can be omitted. The personal interviews are conducted in the same way as described under Regular Procedure.
The appeal against a decision taken in the accelerated procedure has to be lodged within 3 days of notification. The time limit for judicial review was shortened by the amendments of the IPA from 8 days to 3 days. The suspensive effect of the appeal is automatic, and the Administrative Court has to take a decision in 7 days, although court procedures are usually much longer than that in practice.
The law does not contain any special provisions regarding legal representation of asylum seekers during the accelerated procedure. The same rules and practice as in the Regular Procedure apply.
 Article 43(1) IPA.
 Official statistics provided by the Migration Directorate, January 2021.
 Official statistics provided by the Migration Directorate, March 2022.
 Article 46(1) IPA.
 Article 70(1) IPA.
 Article 70(3) IPA.
 Article 71(1) IPA.